Leeds United are riding high in the Sky Bet Championship in a season that has given Leeds United fans more than a glimmer of hope after two seasons in the doldrums of mediocrity.

Mid-table finishes in the last two seasons and a pretty poor start to this season, Leeds in the bottom three after their opening six games, had become the bread and butter expectations of long-suffering Leeds United fans.

Every off-season it was the same cry on social media: “we NEED a goal scorer. We need that 20-a-season player.” Well, after a rocky start to the season, including a barracking from the Kop, that is just what Leeds United have in Kiwi skipper Chris Wood.

Just after the hour mark, against second-placed Brighton, Chris Wood made it 23 Sky Bet Championship goals for the season with this effort (below).

Good work down the left by Charlie Taylor saw the talented young left-back beat Sam Baldock, before lifting in a dinked ball to the centre of the box towards Wood. The big Kiwi still had it all to do, the ball slightly behind him as he jumped. Leaning back, spine arced like a leaping salmon, Wood steered the header back across the goal and beyond the despairing dive of David Stockdale in the Brighton goal.

That 23rd goal of the season, enough to nudge Leeds in front, sent a packed Elland Road into raptures and chants of “All Leeds are We” could be heard ringing around Elland Road.

This got more raucous when a powerful surge by Souleymane Doukara into the Brighton area brought about a rash, lunging challenge by Brighton right-back Tomori and a penalty award for Leeds United – of which there was only ever going to be one taker.

Up stepped Chris Wood who dispensed the penalty with power and precision straight down the centre of the goal, Stockdale diving to his right. When that went in, the noise level rose massively with what proved to be the winning goal, a goal that took Chris Wood to 24 for the season and Leeds up to fourth in the table.

Leeds United fans react on Twitter to Chris Wood’s 23rd and 24th goals of the season

This is how the BBC reported Wood’s first of the night.

And this is how Leeds United reported it.

There’s plenty of this.

https://twitter.com/carpitone/status/843178349593874433

There’s also more than enough of this too.

There’s more than a little happiness in this Tweet.

There was plenty of this chant ringing around the ground too – it might tempt fate but only just.

After the game ended, it was a chance for Leeds fans to experience a lowered heart rate and a euphoric come-down.

This fan is existential about the game, but a positivist about the end result.

However, the best way to sum it all up is with this tweet.

 


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Cynicism turned to optimism but without the woop woops and ringing bells. Leeds United supporter through thick and thin, more thin than anything recently. Write mainly about the Whites but turn my hand to other clubs. lover of salted crisp sandwiches. Not a hipster.